THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND VETERANS


WE ARE A DIVISION OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
"BLIND VETS SERVING BLIND VETS"
 
Blind Vets Serving Blind Vets
Newly Elected President for 2015-2017
Dwight Sayer
One of Our Honor Guards From
Patrick Air Force Base

We want to thank the United States Air Force and Patrick Air Force Base for providing our  Honor Guard  at our National Convention celebration of Freedom Ceremony

 Larry Ball provided our Patriotic Cup Cakes for our National Meeting on Tuesday Night

Blind Veterans Home Page

Welcome to the National Association of Blind

Veterans web site. We hope you enjoy exploring

this  action packed  site as  we have filled it with as much information about  blindness and blind veterans as we could possibly find. We are a group of Blind and Sighted Veterans along with friends and interested

associates that support the issues and challenges

of Blind Veterans. This site is intended to further

the opportunity of our group to interact with the

expanding world around us.


The Presidents Message,

Please reach out to your Senators Office in Washington DC and

ask them to get on board and co/sponsor S2251, which allows

100 percent service connected disabled veterans to access the

Space A program on Military Aircraft. This is the best way to fix

the wrong when 100 percent service connected disabled

veterans were left out of the program.


2016 National Meeting is over and was one of the best ever. Pictures and Captions are Below.


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

•           adult leukemia

•           aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes

•           bladder cancer

•           kidney cancer

•           liver cancer

•           multiple myeloma

•           non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

•           Parkinson’s disease

 “We have a responsibility to take care of those who have served our Nation and have been exposed to harm as a result of that service,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “Establishing a presumption for service at Camp Lejeune will make it easier for those Veterans to receive the care and benefits they earned.”

Environmental health experts in VA’s Technical Workgroup conducted comprehensive reviews of scientific evidence, which included analysis and research done by the Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Environmental Protection Agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Toxicology Program, and the National Academies of Science. 

Veterans with 30 or more cumulative days of active duty service, at Camp Lejeune during the contamination period are already eligible for certain medical benefits, following passage of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.

In the early 1980s, volatile organic compounds, trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent, as well as benzene and vinyl chloride, were discovered in two on-base water supply systems at Camp Lejeune. The contaminated wells supplying the water systems were shut down in February 1985.

The area included in this presumption is all of Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, including satellite camps and housing areas.

The rule will be effective either 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, or following conclusion of the 60-day Congressional Review, whichever is later.

- See more at: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2853#sthash.aJNok6um.dpuf

2016 ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION
CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM
CEREMONY PICTURED BELOW
MEET THE NEW CHAPLAIN

Brother Jeff Bradshaw will be taking over for Father John R. Sheehan.
See more about Brother Jeff on the Chaplains Corner Page!

TICKET # 3098 wins the 2016 NABV Raffle. THE WINNER WAS THE CYPRESS GARDENS LIONS CLUB!
We thank Them For Their Continued Support!
Pictures from our 2016 National Convention:
 Starting from the raffle winner to this article are pictures of our 2016 NABV COLOR GUARD and Dwight Sayer National President addressing the convention.


Above is the 2016 COLOR GUARD Forming Up!


Below is David Barnwell manning our exhibit hall table at the 2016 National Convention.